Preview Party

Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party

Must be 21 or over to attend.

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Tickets for this event tend to sell out before the event. Don't wait to get yours. Only a certain number of tickets will be sold, and once sold out, no tickets will be sold at the door.
One of the premier parties of the holiday season in New Orleans, this dazzling soiree kicks off the annual lights display. Guests get the first glimpse of the lights and are given exclusive access to the Botanical Garden and Train Route.
Naturally, because this is New Orleans, food, music and adult beverages are available in abundance. Four live music stages feature the best local musicians, and guest are treated to a tantalizing array of foods from 50 local restaurants and caterers.

Date: Friday, November 20, 2015
Hours: 7:30 pm – 11pm


$100 per person in advance; $120/person day of event
Friends of City Park members: $90/person

Entertainment will include:

The Yat Pack; Karma; The Last Straws

Please note:
-Holiday cocktail attire required (no jeans) You will be turned away at the door if you arrive not in at least cocktail attire.
-All sales are final – no refunds or rain checks are given. 
-All spirits provided by Republic National Distributing Company.

The Third Annual Culinary Competition at the Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party 2015:

2015 Culinary Competition Winners:
Best Holiday Dish: Vegas Tapas
Most Original Dish: Café Degas
Best Table Display: Lagniappe Luncheonette
Best Cocktail: Sailor Jerry
Most Festival Server Uniform: Canal St. Bistro

In an effort to present our guests with the best food our city has to offer, this year's Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party, held Friday, November 20, will hold the second annual Culinary Competition among all participating restaurants.

Food donors will be asked to serve stand-out dishes, with guest judges tasting all dishes and voting on a variety of categories, such as best holiday dish, most original dish, best table display and most festive server uniforms.

Last year's competition was a huge success, and food vendors are getting excited to present delicious dishes again this year!

Colleen Rush
Poppy Tooker
Amy Chan
Kayla Lee
Shelby Franklin

Judges will arrive 30 minutes prior to the event start time (7pm) and taste small samples of each restaurant's dish. Once all tastings have been completed, judges will vote on each category. Winners will be announced and presented with awards in the middle of the party.

Please let us know if your restaurant would like to be a donor for the Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party and therefore be entered into the Culinary Competition. Please email Julie at and place restaurant in the subject line of the email.

    Preview Party Sponsors

    Restaurants at CITO

    Lots of yummy food



At her request, upon her death in 1914, New Orleans philanthropist Sara Lavinia Hyamsí jewelry collection (valued at $30,000/at that time) was sold and the proceeds were used to construct a fountain for the children of New Orleans. The fountain is located inside the gates of Carousel Gardens.